Meet Happy Feet, A Juvenile Olive Ridley Ghost Net Victim
Happy Feet is a juvenile olive ridley turtle and ghost net victim who lost a flipper in the struggle to get free. Happy Feet was rescued by Velaa Private Island in Noonu Atoll.
Intake Date: 23rd February 2019
Length: 28.5 cm
Weight: 2.2 kg
Status: Released 19th March 2019
Happy Feet has been adopted by Monika and Benedikt Brenner
Happy Feet self amputated his left front flipper in the struggle to free himself from the ghost net, leaving his humerus bone exposed. We performed surgery to remove the bone and also x-rayed him to check his internal health. He is doing well and is already diving, so we are please to report no buoyancy syndrome for this patient!
Happy Feet completely healed from his surgery and was released as soon as he had his stitches out.